"The Things That Affect Our Lives Every Day" is a long term personal project about those individuals in Arizona working to bring about immigration reform.



The book created from the project has been selected for exhibitions at museums and galleries around the country, including: the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Mass, the Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, New York, and the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. The book is currently available for purchase below.


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About the Project

In communities across the United States, an uncertainty exists for residents who have long dealt with the issues of an imperfect immigration system. In Phoenix, Arizona there is a group of young activists who have personally dealt with these issues and are working to empower their community and inspire change. Some of the youths are undocumented residents, brought to the United States at a young age by their parents.

In 2010 the young activists joined members of the community to protest Arizona's proposed SB1070 immigration bill, which soon became law. Over time, their protest moved to activism in order to bring about change. Over the past four years they have registered more than 60,000 voters in Maricopa County. They have also impacted municipal decision making by working with city officials to modify plans for a metro light rail route that would have negatively affected local neighborhoods. Through community organization and civic engagement they are empowering the community and giving the citizens a chance to participate in the decision-making process. 

They have also become involved with immigration issues on a national level by traveling to Washington, D.C., where they participated in protests and engaged politicians by telling their stories in dealing with the current immigration system. They are trying to encourage those in power to get behind these issues that affect their daily lives and to change the current system. 

This story of these young activists is one of many stories about those struggling to change the current immigration system in the United States.  



As one of the leading Phoenix Photographers Mark Peterman explores narrative storytelling through photographs and multi-media, usually consisting of constructed realties that cross over into implied fiction. His personal work has been an American Photography (AP28 and AP35) and Photo District News (PDN) annual award winner. His independently published photo books have been included in exhibitions around the country at museums and galleries that include: The Griffin Museum of Photography, Phoenix Art Museum. and Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA).